Lucien Favre, a former Swiss midfielder, has looked after Nice, Hertha Berlin, Borussia Mönchengladbach and most recently Borussia Dortmund

Former Borussia Dortmund coach Lucien Favre has told Crystal Palace that he would like a longer break from football days afterwards positive conversations with the association.

Talks with the 63-year-old Swiss were so advanced that the club believed it could announce his appointment at the end of the week.

Favre was sacked by the German team Dortmund in December 2020.

Palace is looking for a successor for Roy Hodgson, who left the club in May when his contract expired.

Favre believes he needs a longer break from football and has expressed concerns that he may have enough energy to move to a new country, league and language.

There were no issues related to money and it is assumed that contractual terms have been agreed.

Whoever is Palaces next manager needs to be quick to assess and expand their roster as a number of older players will be removed from their contracts later this month.

Palace had previously targeted Nuno Espirito Santo, but talks with the 47-year-old former Wolves boss failed.

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